2014.08.25

News Headlines - 25 August 2014

German economy 'losing steam' as business confidence plunges again - Telegraph

Germany's businesses are rapidly losing confidence in the prospect of a recovery in the eurozone, in a further blow to the single currency's biggest economy... The study is the latest blow to Angela Merkel's hopes of Germany leading the eurozone out of its current economic malaise. Separate data for investor confidence and inflation have also shown activity slowing down.

Europe fears deflation as Ukraine stays center-stage | Reuters

The euro zone's growing fears of deflation will be stirred again on Friday when preliminary consumer price data for August is issued, with signs the European Central Bank could be looking at bolder steps to help the region's stagnant economy.

Teenager's death linked to ice bucket challenge | The Guardian

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death. While the exact circumstances remain unclear, it has been reported that the teenager "tombstoned" – jumping feet first into deep water – into the quarry as a new take on the ice-bucket challenge.

Samsung Nominates Apple’s iPhone 5S for Ice Bucket Challenge

Samsung has turned the growing popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge into an opportunity to highlight one of the Galaxy S5 features that the iPhone 5S is lacking. In case you have been away from Twitter and most other social media platforms over the past month, the Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral social media phenomenon in which participants share videos or photos of themselves pouring a bucket of ice water over their head.

BBC News - UK embassy apologises for 'burning White House' tweet

The British embassy in Washington has apologised after tweeting a picture of a White House cake surrounded by sparklers, "commemorating" the burning of the building 200 years ago.
The US presidential residence was set on fire by British forces in 1814 during the "War of 1812" with the United States.


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